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In this column we will feature thumbnail reviews by Wayne Case, a veteran of Hollywood's Big Machine who currently works for an independent film company in Los Angeles. Wayne ranks the films on a scale of 1 (bad) to 10 (good). The following are Wayne’s rankings of films for 2007.


In reaction/response to the American Film Institute’s latest compilation of the Top 100 Films of all time, as televised 6/20/07, I have made my own list. My list is a combination of what I consider the best and what I like the most. These two criteria aren’t always the same for me. They are listed in order of the year of their release.

— Wayne

Intolerance (1916)
42nd Street (1933)
Modern Times (1936)
San Francisco (1936)
Lost Horizon (1937)
Gone With The Wind (1939)
The Wizard Of Oz (1939)
Citizen Kane (1941)
Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Casablanca (1943)
The Dolly Sisters (1945)
It’s A Wonderful Life (1946)
The Red Shoes (1948)
All About Eve (1950)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
The African Queen (1951)
A Place In The Sun (1951)
Showboat (1951)
Strangers On A Train (1951)
Singin’ In The Rain (1952)
From Here To Eternity (1953)
A Star Is Born (1954)
East Of Eden (1955)
Carousel (1956)
Giant (1956)
An Affair To Remember (1957)
Raintree County (1957)
Cat On A Hot Tin Roof (1958)
The Long, Hot Summer (1958)
Vertigo (1958)
Some Came Running (1958)
Ben-Hur (1959)
Pillow Talk (1959)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Suddenly Last Summer (1959)
Psycho (1960)
Fanny (1961)
Splendor In The Grass (1961)
West Side Story (1961)
Days Of Wine And Roses (1962)
The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Whatever Happened To Baby Jane? (1962)
Love With The Proper Stranger (1963)
The Sound Of Music (1965)
Born Free (1966)
Bonnie And Clyde (1967)
Two For The Road (1967)
The Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Midnight Cowboy (1969)
On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (1970)
Something For Everyone (1970)
The Last Picture Show (1971)
Cabaret (1972)
The Godfather (1972)
Love And Pain And The Whole Damn Thing (1972)
The Exorcist (1973)
The Way We Were (1973)
Chinatown (1974)
Jaws (1975)
Nashville (1975)
Carrie (1976)
Close Encounters Of The Third Kind (1977)
New York, New York (1977)
Star Wars (1977)
Days Of Heaven (1978)
The Stuntman (1980)
Body Heat (1981)
Raiders Of The Lost Ark (1981)
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
The Man From Snowy River (1982)
An Officer And A Gentleman (1982)
Tootsie (1982)
Victor/Victoria (1982)
The Big Chill (1983)
Terms Of Endearment (1983)
Yentl (1983)
Back To The Future (1985)
The Color Purple (1985)
Hoosiers (1986)
Platoon (1986)
Something Wild (1986)
Fatal Attraction (1987)
Apartment Zero (1988)
Dead Poets Society (1989)
Dances With Wolves (1990)
The Prince Of Tides (1991)
Philadelphia (1993)
Schindler’s List (1993)
Forrest Gump (1994)
The Adventures Of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (1994)
A Time To Kill (1996)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Titanic (1997)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
The Cider House Rules (1999)
Billy Elliot (2000)
Y Tu Mama Tambien (2002)
Wonder Boys (2003)
The Notebook (2004)
Brokeback Mountain (2005)

...more to come!



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